Spring is in the air, and it’s a great time to get out with your four-legged friend (or adopt a new one)! These family-friendly pet events include charity walks, Petpalooza, kitten adoptions and DockDogs fun!

Auburn’s Dog Trot 3K or 5K Fun Run
Saturday, May 19
Game Farm Park
3030 R St. SE
Auburn, WA 98002

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Dog Trot is a family-oriented, pet friendly fun run/walk event that takes place in conjunction with Petpalooza! Choose between the 3K or the 5K routes. The course is flat, easy and enjoyable for all ages and ability levels. Awards will be distributed to the top participant in six age groups. Child (8 and under); Tween (9-12 years); Teen (13-19); Adult I (20-35); Adult II (36-54) and Senior (55+). The registration form and complete event rules/information are listed on the city’s website, http://www.auburnwa.gov/events. Event day registration is $20 per entry.

Saturday, May 19
10:00am – 5:00pm
Game Farm Park
3030 R St. SE
Auburn, WA 98002

An internationally award-winning Petpalooza event for pet lovers and a special day for your four-legged family member or other furry friend. The FREE event will feature live entertainment that includes Roving Reptiles and Crème Tangerine and the K9 Kings High Flying Dog Show; a noon pet parade, pony rides, the Nutro Company’s ‘Unleashed’ Pet Contest, an agility area, demonstrations, over 150 vendors and much more. See the 2012 Hyperflite Skyhoundz Disc Dog Championships, the largest disc-dog series in the world. New to Petpalooza in 2012 is a petting zoo and lots of kids’ activities!

Homeward Pet Adoption Center 14th Annual Fur Ball Auction & Dinner
Saturday, May 19
The Westin Bellevue
600 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

Hosted by Seattle’s best auction team – Fred Northup, Jr. as auctioneer and Chris Cashman as emcee – the Fur Ball Auction & Dinner promises to be an evening of fun, food and inspiration. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on exceptional items like collectible wines, special experiences like sailing the America’s Cup yacht “Stars & Stripes” in the waters of San Diego Bay and an amazing trip to Ireland, complete with a 6 night stay at the Dublin Four Seasons. All of the generous bids by guests to purchase these items and all other proceeds from the evening support Homeward Pet in their mission to provide homeless dogs and cats with a second chance at life! Located in Woodinville, Homeward Pet Adoption Center (Homeward Pet) is one of the largest no-kill, non-profit animal shelters in Western Washington. Homeward Pet cares for homeless animals from all over Washington state and beyond, whether surrendered by owners or transferred from other rescue organizations or shelters that euthanize.

Kitten Adoption Event
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
May 25, 26 and 27
The Seattle Humane Society
13212 SE Eastgate Way
Bellevue, WA 98005

The kittens are coming… to the Seattle Humane Society! For one weekend only you can welcome an adorable kitten into your heart and home for just $50 (normally $125 for kittens under six-months). Want to double your fun? Adopt two kittens for $90 (normally $200). Every kitten has been spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, feline leukemia tested AND will go home with a certificate for an examination by a King County veterinarian, a collar and an ID tag. More information at http://www.seattlehumane.org.

2012 Mutt March 5K Dog Walk
Saturday, June 2
McCollum Pioneer Park
600 128th St SE
Everett, WA 98208

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Join hundreds of dog lovers at Mutt March 2012 and help support two great organizations. When you register, you have the choice who benefits: Chase Away K9 Cancer
or Rotary First Harvest (supporting local food banks). Register for the walk online.

DockDogs Spring Training and Club Challenge
Saturday and Sunday
June 2 and 3
McCollum Pioneer Park
600 128th St SE
Everett, WA 98208

Does your dog like to run, jump, and swim for their favorite toy? Puget Sound DockDogs will be conducting a series of 1-hour training clinics for water loving dogs on Saturday, June 3 at the regulation dock and pool. Dogs must already love water play, should be a good swimmer, and love to chase their toy into the water. And on Sunday, June 4, dogs of all jumping and plopping skills will count toward winning the overall Northwest Club Challenge trophy and try to win bragging rights for another year. Find more information online at http://www.k9muttmarch.org.

Woodinville Wags & Whiskers Adoption Event
Sunday, June 3
12:00pm – 3:00pm
Woodinville PetSmart
17845 Garden Way NE
Woodinville, WA 98072

Come see an amazing variety of wonderful dogs, puppies, cats & kittens of all different shapes, sizes, ages and breeds from 11 animal rescue organizations onsite and available for adoption. Youngsters, adults, small & large dogs, purebred and mixed breeds will be available. No need to buy a dog or cat from a breeder and then have to pay for shots and spay/neuter, with these animals all of that has been done and is included in the adoption price! The only thing these furry friends need is a new home to love and protect them for a lifetime. Plus, all the pets have a money back guarantee and are welcome back at the shelter or rescue for any reason if it’s not a right fit for your family.

Community 5% Day for PAWS
Tuesday, June 5
Whole Foods Markets in Puget Sound

On Tuesday, June 5, Whole Foods Market will donate 5% of their total sales from each of the six Seattle Metro locations to PAWS. Start making your list today, join us at your local Whole Foods Market on Tuesday, June 5 and help give the animals at PAWS the second chance they deserve. PAWS (www.paws.org) is a champion for animals – rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife, sheltering and adopting cats and dogs, and educating people to make a better world for animals and people.

Interbay: 2001 15th Ave W, Seattle
Roosevelt Square: 1026 NE 64th St, Seattle
Westlake: 2210 Westlake Ave, Seattle
Bellevue: 888 116th Ave NE
Redmond: 17991 NE Redmond Way
Lynnwood: 2800 SW 196th St

Come to the First Annual Dog Show to support LGBTQ Youth
Saturday, June 9
Sylvester Park
Capitol Way S and Legion Way SW
Olympia, WA 98501

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Following PRIDE festivities in Olympia. Prizes for best femme dog, best butch dog. A Dog dance contest and more! It’ll be the BARK of the town. Go to http://www.pizzaklatch.org